ERNST Umformtechnik from the present back to 1970

Extension of the surface finishing production area, including residual dirt analysis equipment.

With the subsidiary in Wujiang, China, ERNST took the first important step into the Asian market.


  • 1,200 m² more ERNST France: The extension was officially opened.
  • The image of the ERNST name was modernized: New advertising material gave the products and the company a suitable platform.


  • Continuous expansion: 800 m² for logistics and 1,000-ton transfer press in Oberkirch-Zusenhofen
  • The latest joining technology was introduced: ERNST extended its existing laser technology

GeschichteOn its 40th anniversary the company was looking optimistically into the future. Experiencing the difficult times since 2008 together had strengthened the company, promoting internal solidarity and loyalty, and creating the best prerequisites to face tougher international competition in the future.

Geschichte Generation change: Egon Ernst, the company's founder, retired from active management after his 75th birthday. He handed over the management of the company to his son, Matthias Ernst, and the long-standing Managing Director, Herbert Gieringer.
The first contacts were established in Russia, the large emerging market of the future, at the "Blech Russia" trade fair in March 2009.
On January 1, 2009, ERNST Umformtechnik acquired the remaining shares in Ernst & Moore. The US subsidiary is now wholly owned by the ERNST Group.

ERNST felt to the full the effects of the international financial crisis which shook the global economy in 2008. Orders plummeted. Measures had to be taken quickly to avert the worst effects. However, as of January 2009 it was not possible to avoid the introduction of short-time working for the first time in the company's history. Sales fell by up to 50% in the first quarter.

2005 – 2006
Following the merger with the US company, Moore Quality Tooling, the American subsidiary was renamed Ernst & Moore Metal Technologies. Machinery and processes identical with those used at the headquarters allowed the standard profile of the home base to be multiplied overseas. A new extension was built at the headquarters for the production management and foremen’s offices. Considerable investments were made in machines and buildings at all locations. A new office block increased the synergy effect. Sales reached 63 million euros, having tripled since 1996. The number of employees worldwide reached around 530.

2001 – 2004
The surface-treatment department was moved into a new building, which met the highest requirements.  A new storage area with 1,500 m² was created for raw materials. A neighboring building was acquired to extend the tool-room and the apprentices’ workshop. The production area was extended once more and new machinery added.

1998 – 2000
Geschichte The company’s Environmental Management System was awarded the EU Eco-Audit Certificate 1836/93. The production of safety components for airbags became increasingly significant. The production area was increased to a total of approx. 10,500 m². Additional multiple-die presses with a capacity of up to 5,000 kN were commissioned. At the end of 1999, the company had 265 employees, and exports made up 29% of total sales. The company’s Quality Management System was certified in compliance with ISO TS 16949 and the Environmental Management System certified in compliance with DIN EN ISO 14001.

1994 – 1997
GeschichteThe company was certified to DIN ISO 9001 ff. A 1,600 m² logistics center was built. The factory site was extended through the acquisition of 2.5 hectares of building land. Manufacture of technologically sophisticated sub-assemblies and components began. The activities in the transfer technology sector were expanded. A production facility was opened in France.

1989 – 1993
Tool-making capacity was increased by the introduction of CNC technology. A second multiple-die press with a capacity of 2,500 kN was commissioned. Thanks to its QM/QA systems, the company succeeded in becoming a recognized quality supplier. The use of CAD/CAM systems was increased. The trend towards becoming a development partner continued with product and process development in the foreground. Sales increased considerably. The introduction of group working and payment by results increased productivity.

1983 – 1988
GeschichteThe commissioning of the first multiple-die press marked the beginning of the company’s development as a manufacturer of high-quality precision components. The aim of becoming a quality supplier was continually pursued. Corporate principles defined business development. Statistical Process Control (SPC) was introduced and is realized to a large extent by employees inspecting their own work. CAD technology was introduced in the design office. The Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) led to process optimization and the exploitation of cost-saving potential.

1970 – 1982
Egon Ernst founded the company as a producer of manufacturing tools and jigs for customers manufacturing stamped sheet-metal components.  The series production of stamped and drawn parts began in 1974. In 1978 the first stage of a building project was completed in Zusenhofen’s recently established industrial park; the company moved into its new premises in November. Since 1979 the company has participated regularly at the Hanover Industrial Trade Fair. Sales and staff numbers increased steadily.

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